L.A. Now Live: Discuss effect of SAT college entrance exam overhaul


Join Times staff writer Larry Gordon for an L.A. Now Live online chat at 12:30 p.m. on the major overhaul coming to the SAT college entrance exam.

Starting in 2016, students will no longer be required to write an essay and will not be penalized for wrong answers. However, they will no longer be allowed to use calculators as much as they want.

About 1.7 million high school students take the test each year and The College Board’s announcement Wednesday sent ripples through education communities across the nation.


Even though the SAT’s influence on college admissions is not as strong as it once was, it remains a major factor in admission decisions nationally.

During the live chat, Gordon will explain the new SAT structure and can respond to questions and comments about the test’s overhaul.

Readers can tweet questions and comments to moderator @aribloomekatz, or submit them directly through the chat’s interface on the L.A. Times homepage when it goes live at 12:30 p.m.

Twitter: @aribloomekatz